Saturday, October 06, 2018

Just a little progress

I made three more of the small stars for my wonky stars quilt top.  This picture is far from being a good photo, but it will do.  I also included the two large stars that I had not shown yet.


The larger blocks will be trimmed down to fit with the smaller blocks. It will not affect the large star but there will be less of the background fabric around them.
At this point, I have nine of the thirty-two small stars completed.  So twenty-three more to go. I am afraid I will run out of the background fabric before I get all of the background squares cut. I am considering using random squares of color/design in the outer edges to give it a bit of a twist.  My other alternative is to use a similar brown that is different enough to be noticeable.
The other alternative is to replace the squares in the outer rows/columns (except the large star parts) with borders in a different color.
I have also changed the layout to make sewing it together a bit easier. I can also move the top left and bottom right large stars in diagonally to make the outer edges all border fabrics.


Your thoughts?

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

More Wonky Stars

I just realized that I never posted the second two large stars.  Oops, I don't have a picture of those two yet, so we will save those for another day. 

Meanwhile, I have six of the smaller stars that measure roughly 6 1/2" square.  Here is a photo of them placed haphazardly on my sewing table.
Six smaller blocks - and the "parts dept." in the background.

Yes, there they are - strings and all. Ha ha.  I don't worry about cleaning them up and getting them ironed really neatly until later in the process.

I did sit down and figure out a layout in Electric Quilt.  I had to choose a star block and then replicate one fourth of it to make the bigger star blocks fit in the grid.
Stand-in stars used in the layout.  Mine will be wonky and scrappy. 
Now I have twenty-six more small star blocks to make for this quilt top.  However, tomorrow is the anniversary of the day I came into this world, so I am taking the rest of today and tomorrow off. The only "have to do" is my daily Spanish lesson.

Oh, yes, I baked my cake this morning. It isn't much to look at, but it smells like heaven. I made a peanut butter sheet cake and poured a boiled peanut butter icing over it in the pan.  Of course, I had to sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on it too.  Ha ha. Fortunately it will be shared with lots of family so I won't wreck my blood sugar readings too badly.

Have  a great weekend, I declare it a holiday! Que tengas un buen fin de semana.





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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wonky Stars - Uh Mine are Wonkier

Yes, I can even mess up a wonky star!  Ha ha.  I watched a tutorial on Tuesday.  Then Wednesday night I decided to try it. Of course I upsized it to make things go faster.  But my mind changed the method without my permission.  (Or is it that my memory is faulty?)  Regardless, my first two stars are different than what A Left-Handed Quilter showed.  Her star was based on the tutorial by Jenny of Missouri Star Quilts.

Oh well, I will make two more that hopefully will be somewhat like these two and then switch to smaller stars and the correct method -or not depending on my ability to follow directions on a given day.

You may notice that they are not even like each other.  The second one is closer to Jenny Doan's version. 
At this point my plan is to make the other two similar to these, then make smaller ones to alternate with solid background blocks.  The four will be "super novas" in my galaxy quilt. 
Seriously, they are wonky stars so can you really mess them up if your final block is some type of star?


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Blogger Tip

My last post caused a friend, Rhonda, to ask "how do you add the words to your photos?"  (I am sure she asked more elegantly than that, but you get the gist.)

So let me show you how to do it. I just told Rhonda and she figured it out.  But some folks are far more visual learners.

Test Photo
So once you add the photo - click on it once. You will see a pop-up that looks like this:

You can change the size of the photo here but what we are looking for is the "Add Caption" -Click on it.
See the words "Add Caption" ???? That is where you type your caption.  Usually you can just start typing after you click on the pop-up and it will go there automatically. (sometimes we click again without meaning too and we have to highlight that to type over it.) On my computer and blogger set-up that is blue when it is "active" - ready to type over.

After adding the caption you need to click BELOW it to add more of your normal text. I put a "type here" note on the photo below so you can see where to click.
I hope this helps you.   I am a bit of a computer nerd/geek so it never occurs to me that I do things that others didn't "just find."
If you see something 'computer geeky' in one of my posts and you want to know how I did it, please ask.
 Mama said "If you don't ask you may never get the answer!"  
Have a great week.
P.S.  a Special Thank You to Rhonda for asking.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

What?!?! The Middle Section:Pieced!

How many of you have decided that I forgot all about the "Coins Quilt?" In that post, I said, "I will not be rushing through this quilt as I am slowing down a bit on sewing and weaving so I can work on TWO other things. "  Ha ha.  I am definitely not rushing on this one. That post was in July and it is now late September.  The first "third" of the quilt was completed and posted about - but since then lots of time has been taken up by the Spanish, ukulele and flexibility classes that I am taking. 
However,  the second "third" of the quilt top is now sewn.  My lovely rather precise layout has fallen by the wayside.  If you are wondering, I am fine with that. In fact, it is a happy thing. Since the gray fabric was in short supply, the option to step back and be creative with the design was the perfect choice.
Here is the center section. First laying on the floor:
Yes this is a bit blurry
Since that was a bit blurry, I had a friend hold it up and got a more direct shot of it.
You can see my Babylock machine in the background.
Another change that I realized I would need to make is in the strips I will join it with. The original plan was to use gray against the two gray strips on this piece.  The problem that suddenly became clear to me is that the black borders would have two thin gray strips running through the top and bottom borders. Instead, I will use black joining strips that will connect the top and bottom borders on either side of this section. It will give a contrast pop to the design - at least that is the story I am telling and I am sticking to it.
This quilt could possibly get finished this year. (said the optimist.)
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